The world lost a true paragon of song and social activism when Pete Seeger passed away in January. In celebration of his life and legacy, Governor Dayton has declared Saturday, May 3, to be Pete Seeger Day in Minnesota, on what would have been his 95th birthday. A gathering of a wide-array of Minne ... More >>
With 2012 breathing its final breaths, so is a West Bank landmark and live music institution. The 400 Bar, located at 400 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, is closing its doors after 17 years of hosting live music in its intimate environs.In recent months, the gritty bar's management team of Tom and Bill ... More >>
The prodigal son Owl City will be perform a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater on Friday evening, but if you are older than 14, Hot Chip will rock the First Avenue stage in Downtown Minneapolis. MaLLy will perform a free show at Northrop Plaza, but make sure you show up in time to catch the infect ... More >>
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
The government shutdown affected a few live music events in the Twin Cities, namely the series Mill City Live at the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis and 9 Nights of Music at the History Center in downtown St. Paul. With the shutdown finally resolved, Mill City Live will resume/kick-off t ... More >>
City Pages file photoIf you don't make it down to the Mill City Museum tonight for Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover, you'll have another chance to catch Koerner this weekend when he plays Palmfest, the celebration of West Bank music that takes over Palmer's Bar each summer. This year's lineup ... More >>
"Vinyl will always survive. Hopefully indie records stores can too." - Mark TrehusIt's been almost forty years since Oar Folkjokeopus first opened its doors on 26th and Lyndale. The storefront has outlived the 8-track, the cassette, and the cd as the dominant musical forms pushed by an industry ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>
Daniel CorriganWhatever revolutions Minnesota has seen in rock and folk music for the last five decades, guitarist and blues shouter Spider John Koerner has witnessed them all and, more than likely, helped bring them about. A major influence not only on Minnesota's most famous musical son Bob Dyl ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzCarolina Chocolate Drops with Roma di LunaAugust 27, 2010Minnesota Zoo Weesner AmphitheaterThere was something appropriate about the hot, sweaty, and swarming atmosphere that the audience swam through to listen to Carolina Chocolate Drops' swampy string band music at the M ... More >>
On Thursday we posted about two of Spider John Koerner's upcoming shows, and waxed a little rhapsodic about his contributions to local music history and that particular, not half-hearted but self-effacing, eye-to-the-revelry way he and his peers have approached folk music over the past 40-odd yea ... More >>
photo via Red House RecordsSeeing Spider John Koerner live is a lucky thing, something we get treated to more often than, say, we deserve. Memories or wishes of north woods hootenannies and smoke-filled parlors in the sixties as all those jubilantly drunk revelers stomp and squall towards sunrise ... More >>
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